Introduction: How to Make a Great Looking Bracelet
As a recent hobby of mine, I have been making many varieties of paracord bracelets. While searching for new knots, I stumbled across a knot called the double-tatted chain or 'seesaw' knot but with no instructions.
Here's how to tie it with a 5 3/8 side release fastex buckle.
Apologies for the sub-par pictures. I had trouble holding the camera steady and the knots tightly.
Step 1: Materials
1) Two 8-10 feet long lengths of paracord or any other type of cordage. Various colours available from http://supplycaptain.com/
These can be two different colours if you like.
2) A side release buckle. 5 free samples are available from the ITW Nexus website or you may purchase them from Supply Captain.
3) A lighter or thread matching the colour of your cordage.
1) A knife or a pair of scissors
Step 2: Attaching the Buckle
To attach the side-release buckle, you're going to want to find the center point of your cordage and either push the two ends through the female end of the buckle, or put the loop formed by the mid-point through the buckle.
The thing that sets this bracelet apart from the others on Instructables is that you attach the male end after you finish the weave.
Repeat for the other length of paracord.
You should now have four strands of cord to work with.
Step 3: Beginning the Weave
The seesaw knot is essentially a series of half hitches on either side. If you're like me, that didn't make any sense.
You're going to want to take the left two strands, wrap them over the right two strands, and bring them back around under the right two strands, and through the loop formed by doing that.
Tighten, but not too much or the knots will begin to twist.
Do it on the other side.
So, here's what it looks like.
Step 4: Keep Going!
Keep working your way and push the knots up as you go.
Step 5: As You Go...
When you think you've gotten enough to go around your wrist, connect the two sides of the buckles, and wrap the knots around your wrist and place the male end of the buckle to the last knot you did.
If there is too much slack, remove however many knots you need to create a comfortable fit.
If there is not enough slack, keep going!
Step 6: Attaching the Other End of the Buckle
So you've got just the right amount of knots to fit your wrist.
Time to attach the male end of the buckle.
Run all four strands through the first slot in the male end of the buckle.
Then, run it back through the second slot.
If you have large fingers, a pair of needle-nose pliers may help here. I didn't need them.
Step 7: Secure the Buckle
With all four strands fed through the buckle, it's time to attach them.
To secure them, tie two more half hitches.
Tighten and check fit. Now is your last chance to do any minor adjustments on fit.
Step 8: Securing the Ends
To complete the bracelet, cut the four strands with an inch or two remaining and sew or melt the four ends to the underside of the bracelet.
If you would like a cleaner look, you can melt the ends and then sew them as to prevent fraying.
Seriously. Be smart when you're melting the ends. Molten anything is not fun to have on any part of your body. I'm not sure how you could die from this, but if you do, I'm not responsible for it. Use common sense.
Step 9: You're Done!
Clean up any scraps, and enjoy your new paracord bracelet.
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